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What to Wash Baby Clothes With: Finding the Right Laundry Detergent for Babies' Clothes

We’ve all heard of ‘baby soft skin’, and it’s true that babies and very young children have more sensitive and delicate skin than adults and older kids. So finding the right detergent for baby clothes really does matter – after all, your little one’s clothes sit close to their skin all day long.

Don’t worry: if you’re not sure what to wash baby clothes with, or the best way to go about doing your newborn’s laundry, look no further. Here’s what you need to know!

What’s the best washing powder for babies’ clothes?

When you’re looking for a good detergent for baby clothes, you’re probably on the hunt for two specific qualities: stain-busting power and gentleness next to skin. Many parents favour non-bio washing powder for babies’ clothes, or a non-bio liquid detergent. This is because biological detergents rely on enzymes to help them tackle tough stains, which can be irritating to delicate skin. 

A high-quality non-biological detergent like Persil non-bio is gentle next to skin, but can still take care of the stains a young child is likely to pick up day to day. Our skin care research has also been recognised by the British Skin Foundation, so you can be sure that your little one’s clothes are safe with Persil. 

Want more information on non-bio? Find out more here.

Is fabric conditioner good for baby clothes?

So now you know what to look for in a baby washing powder or laundry liquid. How about fabric conditioner? If you want to keep your little one’s clothes snuggly, soft and gentle on their skin, a dermatologically tested, hypoallergenic fabric conditioner like Comfort Pure can be a great help. There are just a couple of cases in which fabric conditioner is best avoided:

  1. Cloth nappies. If you’ve chosen to use reusable nappies, it’s best not to put fabric conditioner in when you’re washing them – the conditioning ingredients can coat the fibres of the nappies, making them less absorbent.
  2. Flame-resistant clothing. Some baby clothes, especially sleepwear, are legally required to have a flame-resistant coating on them (checking the label should tell you if this is the case). These fire-resistant fabric treatments can be damaged by fabric conditioners, so it’s best to just wash them with non-bio detergent.

Do the rules on what to wash baby clothes in change as kids grow?

It depends. As your little one gets older, their skin will generally become less sensitive, so you might want to switch to bio detergent after a few years (especially if they start going to something like football practice). Biological detergent is extra-effective on starchy, fatty or protein-based stains, even at lower temperatures, so if your little one grows quickly out of their skin sensitivity it’s worth picking some up. 

Remember, though, that non-bio detergent works better at high temperatures, and that it’s best not to use biological detergents on natural fabrics – so even if you do make the switch from non-bio baby washing powder, it’s worth keeping some Persil non-bio in the cupboard! 

And there you have it – everything you need to know about laundry detergent for babies and young children. Want more information on doing laundry for your little one? Check out our handy tips here!

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